The College of Education has established and announced the Two-way ICT (Information and Communications Technology) System and its goal is improving the quality of programs that are related to student teaching. It is the first time for Dongguk and the College of Education to take on this kind of innovation and many students, professors and people are interested in this project’s results.
The concept of the “Two-way ICT System” originated in 2011 by the officers, professors and the students at the College of Education. Originally, there were only two stages in the curriculum of student teaching. The two stages included orientation to student teaching and going to teaching practice. People at the College of Education thought the two stage-programs had many problems and had to be changed. One reason was that without learning or practicing “student teaching,” the seniors had to do the student teaching. Also, after finishing their student teaching, there was no time for feedback from the professors or the teachers in charge. Hence, the students who participated in teaching could not improve their skills. Due to these reasons, the College initiated two concepts which included two-way and technology. Finally, the College made a new curriculum for student teaching which consisted of five stages and introduced the Two-way ICT System, so that the curriculum could be embodied by using the ICT System. The new five stages are orientation to the field, visiting the field, orientation of student teaching, student teaching, and training after the student teaching.
This system will bring about many changes. Among them, the fourth stage will provide the most notable changes and have the greatest influence on students. In the fourth stage, practical educational exercises will be done outside the school in elementary, junior and high schools and these will be recorded on video. These videos will be uploaded to a website made by the College of Education. The uploaded videos will not only include the students’ teaching videos but will also include the university professors and the teachers of those elementary, junior and high school’s evaluations and analysis of the student’s teaching. The importance of the professor and teacher’s evaluations is not because it will analyze whether the student did well or poorly, but will show that the professors’ and teachers’ opinions could differ on certain methods of teaching. Professors can study abstract and flawless teaching methods while teachers can study the more realistic aspects of teaching. This will provide a better idea of how to teach in a class. The uploaded videos will not only be available to students, but will also be available to any student attending the College of Education, irrelevant of what grade they are in. However, if the student chooses to set the video to private, other students will not be able to view it. This kind of video uploading system will allow students to realize their studying methods and discover aspects that can be improved upon.
While the fifth stage is still in discussion, meeting and conferences are planned to be held based on the feedback, assessment and improvements from the fourth stage. The demonstration period is set to finish in 2013. 2014 will mark the actual beginning of the program. An officer at the College of Education, Kim Su-man said that he and others related to the program have high expectations that this could be a turning point for both students and professors to greatly improve their teaching skills.
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